An Early Christmas Celebration

An Early Christmas Celebration

Yesterday we had an early Christmas celebration with my daughter who lives out-of-town. All of us from this side of the state traveled over to the other side for some family craziness and fun. Try to picture the scene of six children under the age of six and 10 teens/adults ranging in ages 15 to … Continue reading

My Roots Are Showing

My Roots Are Showing

I’m in the back row, far right, my dad is holding me and my blonde hair is showing. No, I don’t color my hair, I’m talking about my Italian roots. With yesterday being Thanksgiving, I made the traditional United States citizen meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pumpkin pie. It felt … Continue reading

My birthday and a bucket list

My birthday and a bucket list

Photo credit: eslblogcafe.com I know this is mainly a food blog but since I’m turning 46 on Monday, I thought it was high time I compose a bucket list. This will not be complete as I know I’ll think of more things here and there but it will be a start and I can add … Continue reading

Appetizer Party Class

Appetizer Party Class

Last night I taught another appetizer class. This was a first at one of the venues I sought out last spring. We had scheduled two different classes and only the one appetizer party class had a few who were interested enough to enroll. Yeah! I almost forgot about the class because of so many other … Continue reading

Waste not, want not.

Waste not, want not.

Waste not, want not: It’s a motto of many cultures, the Italians being one of them. I’m not a “gizzard and hearts” kind of cook but I try to use up all the leftovers we have on a given day. Usually they end up in my husband’s lunch. One can only have spaghetti and meatballs … Continue reading

Olives part 2

Olives part 2

If you are a regular reader, you will remember I was given the chance to cure fresh olives at home from Penna-Great Olives this fall. They shipped me a box of olives, they were very generous and sent 2.5 pounds of olives. I was faithful to my daily duty to curing the olives using the … Continue reading

Canning Tomato Sauce

Canning Tomato Sauce

  I have to admit to the fact that I have never canned tomatoes or anything until I tried making some marinated zucchini this year. It turned out so-so. I figured if I was ever going to get serious about canning tomatoes or sauce, I’d better go and learn from some experts and educate myself … Continue reading

Olives, olives and more olives!

Olives, olives and more olives!

This is part I of an ongoing series about home curing fresh olives. Last month I told you all about a cool olive company called Penna- Great Olives and directed you to take a look at their products. I was also chosen to do my own home curing with a box of olives they sent … Continue reading

Garganelli….the mystery pasta.

Garganelli….the mystery pasta.

If you’re a fan of my blog on Facebook, today you might have been following my posts about olives and garganelli. I decided the olives can wait another day so I’m sharing with you more information about the mystery pasta I discovered. I was searching on Amazon.com for a price on a good gnocchi board … Continue reading